Tuesday 6th January 2015
For the first time since the official chart records began, the top 10 biggest selling albums of 2014 have been dominated by British musicians. Ed Sheeran came out on top with his second album ‘X’ being the biggest selling album of the year, which has racked up sales of over 1.7 million copies since its release. In 2011 and 2012 he also entered in to the chart for the top 10 biggest selling albums of the year with his first studio album ’+’. Going from strength to strength, he was also the most streamed musician of 2014 according to figures released by Spotify, as well as being the most digitally downloaded artist.
In second and third place are two artists that were introduced to us in 2014, Sam Smith and George Ezra, who have continued to take the charts by storm, and I’m sure will have plenty more highlights in store for 2015. Sam Smith is a unique artist with amazing talent, and that certainly shows through his album sales as he was the only artist in 2014 to sell over a million copies of his album in the UK and US.
Previously we have seen the likes of Emilie Sandie and Adele entering in to the top 10 charts for the biggest selling albums, but Paloma Faith is the only female to claim this title in 2014 with her album ‘A Perfect Contradiction’ entering in at number 6.
In 2014 we also saw the release of the last ever Pink Floyd album ‘Endless River’ which included sessions they had recorded dating back to 1993/1994. The album has been tipped as the reason behind the drive in higher sales of vinyl, due to it being the fastest selling LP since 1997 in its first week of release.
Official statistics have shown that UK album sales fell by 7.8% in 2014, with singles being down by 15.3%, but streaming and vinyl are both up by 65.1%.
Top 10 Biggest Selling Albums of 2014:
1. Ed Sheeran – X
2. Sam Smith – In The Lonely Hour
3. George Ezra – Wanted on Voyage
4. Paolo Nutini – Caustic Love
5. Coldplay – Ghost Stories
6. Paloma Faith – A Perfect Contradiction
7. One Direction – Four
8. Olly Murs – Never Been Better
9. Pink Floyd – Endless River
10. Take That – III